View Poll Results: How long does it take you to straighten your curls
Less than 15 minutes 5 6.17%
15-30 minutes 13 16.05%
30 minutes to 1 hr 21 25.93%
1 hr - 1 1/2 hrs 14 17.28%
1 1/2 hrs - 2 hrs 10 12.35%
2 hrs-2 1/2 hrs 10 12.35%
more than 2 1/2 hrs 8 9.88%
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How long does it take you to straighten your hair ?

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I can't do it myself. It takes a stylist about 1.5 to 2 hours. My hair is 3b/a BSL in its natural state and between waist to hip dry. It's somewhat coarse, so it takes time.
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Anywhere from 1-2 hours, I think?

I start with soaking-wet hair. Divide hair into 4 basic sections, then work on 1 section at a time, dividing into smaller pieces. Keep all other hair clipped up away from the section I'm working on.

Spray on water if section begins to dry; I'm 3b and the more curl that sets in, the worse the end result. I HAVE to keep the sections very wet to keep the curl pattern loose while straightening.

Spray on heat protectant, then use my blowdryer with comb attachment. Blow until partially dry, then I stop and put some sort of moisturizer on the section....whether oil or cream, etc. THEN continue blowing until dry and straight.

After I do this, all I have to do is run a flatiron lightly (depending on how straight my hair is post-blowout) and quickly, in sections. Because the blowout with comb attachment already got my roots and most of it straight. I can get it straighter than most salons this way.

At night or around the house, I wrap my hair around my head (its very long and dense so I can't do it very well)....making a very deep part over one ear and brushing it as flat as I can around my entire head, esp the front hairline. Whatever I can't wrap, I comb down into a loose pigtail.Then put on a secure silk/satin scarf over it all.

Doing the above, in low humidity conditions, my hair will last a month, literally. People tend to ballyhoo my method, but I feel that its far less damaging than flatironing my hair every single day. At most, I might need to touch up my hairline only, probably once a week if even that.
The only time I pay attention to not-quite-straight roots is if they're visible.....i.e., I don't even bother to get my nape bone straight as long as it's straight enough to blend with the rest. I am 3b, very fine but also thick and dense.

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Last edited by sinistral55; 09-19-2011 at 10:42 AM.
I have 3c hair with tight macaroni curls and about shoulder length when the hair is curly and dry.

I dont blow dry ever because i want to minimize heatdamage as much as possible. But i take a shower with a sulfate shampoo to get as clean hair as possible, condition it, apply a bit argan oil to my soaking wet clean hair and let it airdry to the next day.

I usually use about an hour to flat iron my hair because a have really curly macaronihair. I section the hair in 16 and brush every section seperately to get really straight and smooth hair. I currently use a herstyler flat iron which has 275 degrees heat and it actually works on my 3c macaroni hair but the cones with this is that you cant adjust the heat and it was really pricy....

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Hair type/properties:
3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

Curly hair routine/regime:
Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
-Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
-Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
-Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.

Last edited by Curly Sara; 04-08-2012 at 01:16 AM.
I actually timed myself to straighten my hair and it took me just 20 minutes.

I always shower the night before, and then put my hair in a ponytail at night to air dry and then straighten it in the morning. I use my Ultra CHI flat iron and CHI silk infusion as heat protectant (sometimes tresemme heat tamer spray).
I never blowdry my hair. Air drying makes my hair smoother and it's one less heat I'm using.

My hair is 2b-2c and is almost passed my boobs.
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About 1-1.5 hours, I think.

I have 3B/A curls, mainly 3b. They are almost BSL stretched.

I don't blowdry beforehand, I let it air dry. I only use a heat protectant, nothing else.

My results look like this;

BSL stretched (longest it's ever been and growing rapidly!), past shoulder curly. Hair goal is hip length.

3a-b/f-m/ii. Soft and silky texture and prone to tangles. Can't get second day hair, even if I kissed the feet of fairy's

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About 30-45 minutes for me.

I use CHI silk infusion to smooth and protect my hair while I blow dry. I use a large round brush and go section by section. This part usually takes the longest (25-35 minutes).

Then I lightly spray tresseme heat tamer all over, let it dry about a minute, and then quickly pass the flat iron through the bottom section, then the top section. I use the Chi turbo flat iron which is awesome! This part will normally take me about 10 minutes.

If I have any fly aways, ill use a little grapeseed oil to smooth it all down.

I have fine, bra strap length, 3a hair

Hair type:3a
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Cleanser: devacurl or devacare nopoo, dc lowpoo
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Stylers: CJ cccl, FSG, Cj ciab, DC angel
Oils: coconut oil, apricot kernel, grapeseed
3-4 hours. I'm still new to flat ironing and take my time to aviod het damage. My routine is here:

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